Air Force Downs Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 63-44
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Antoine Hood had 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Air Force to a 63-44 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night.
The Falcons won their fourth straight game to improve to 6-1, tying the best start in school history.
Air Force got off to a hot start, connecting on seven of its first ten 3-pointers to take a double-digit lead, 20-8, with 12:18 remaining in the first half. Behind 65 percent shooting and 15 points from Hood, Air Force took a commanding 45-20 first-half lead to the locker room and never looked back.
``I thought our defense was solid, and we were able to shut them down,'' said first-year head coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Things didn't get better for the Golden Lions (1-2) in the second half. Arkansas-Pine Bluff missed its first six shots to begin the half as Air Force pushed its lead to as many as 33 points with 12:28 remaining. The Falcons out-rebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff 29-24 and held the Golden Lions to 38 percent shooting for the game.
``The sky is the limit,'' Hood said about the Falcons. ``We have great chemistry this year, and we're definitely a special team.''
Air Force sophomore guard Tim Anderson tied his career-high with nine points off the bench, and Dan Nwaelele and Matt McCraw added eight apiece.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior guard Martese Coleman hit five 3-pointers in his 16-point night, which included 12 second-half points, to lead the Golden Lions.